Yesterday, I asked who “won” E3. I was dismissive in the comments there about Nintendo’s as-yet unseen digital presentation, brushing it off entirely. As much of a Nintendo fan as I am, even I’ve become a bit disillusioned – and I expected nothing. I was wrong. Nintendo’s digital event was more adorable, more personal and more entertaining than all of the press conferences – and yes, they even announced a brand new IP. If I didn’t already own a Wii U, after yesterday, I’d want to.
If you haven’t watched it, you can do so here.
Nintendo kicked it off with a Robot chicken supplied, stop-motion animated Reggie Fils-Aimee self-referentially announcing that no, no new Mario game was being announced today, which somehow segued in to a bizarre anime-inspired fight between Reggie and Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, which then moved on to yes, you guessed it, a Super Smash Bros presentation. They showed that you’ll be able to use your Miis to brawl.
Nintendo then briefly showed its new Amiibo system, a Skylanders-like NFC toys-to-life system – with hints that Skylanders on Wii U may even be able to use them. Mario in my Skylanders? Yes please. Super Smash Bros will be the first game to use them, with support being added to Mario Kart 8 in future.
Nintendo then showed off some of its upcoming games The first shown was Yoshi’s Woolly World, a 2.5D side-scroller with the same sort of aesthetic as the delightful Kirby’s Epic Yarn – only this time it contains full co-op.
Next up, they showed a bit of Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, which turns that little star-hunting diversion from Super Mario 3D World in to its own game.
Zelda boss Eiji Aonuma then showed off some of the brand new open-world Zelda for the Wii U, which has an art-style somewhere between Wind Waker and Skyward Sword. IT’s open world, so players are able to tackle the game in any way they see fit, instead of the linear route of previous games. Here it is in action. I want this. My body is ready.
Next up was a bit of footage from the newly announced Pokémon Sapphire and Ruby rehashes, with Primal Groudon, on the cover of Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Primal Kyogre on Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.
Next up m we got to see everyone’s favourite hair witch in Bayonetta 2 with news that the Wii U exclusive would include the original game as a free pack in. Bayonetta is one of the best action games in the history of video games, and its sequel is likely to be as good, if not better. Now you can get both.
We then got to have a better look at the Destiny Warriors Zelda game, Hyrule warriors, which pits Princess Zelda, Impa, Midna, and Link against hordes of enemies. It looks rather nice..for a Destiny Warriors game.
The big surprise, and a highlight for me was a brand new, first-party shooter from Nintendo. Only for a change, it’s a clever shooter that has nothing to do with death. Called Splatoon, it’s a shooter that has two teams of four trying to cover an area in their respective coloured ink. The hook here is that players can become magical squids, travelling within that ink for quicker movement and surprise attacks. It’s completely balmy, it looks fun, and it’s surprised the hell out of everyone.
A Wii U sequel to Nintendo DS game Kirby’s Canvas Curse is also on the way. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is coming in 2015, featuring an HD, stop-motion world where everything is made from clay. It’ll build upon the drawing mechanics seen in the Canvas Curse.
Nintendo then showed off Monolith’s X, which is now called Xenoblade Chronicles X. It’s a game that’ll have any JRPG enthusiast giddy.
Nintendo lied. They did announce a new Mario game – but it’s not your usual. Instead, Mario Maker allows players to create and share their own dastardly Mario levels.
And that was it. Short and sweet, it was 45 minutes of bliss. As far as I’m concerned, Nintendo won E3. Their games may not be for everybody, but the company has proven it still has the power to surprise.
Later on, just after the even, it was announced that Tomonobu Itagaki’s Devil’s Third would now be a Wii U exclusive as well, for those who like blood, guts and dismemberment. \
Last Updated: June 11, 2014